We’re building a tiny home!
We’ve decided to go tiny and live in a tiny home! Tiny homes are the new craze that has swept across the states. Many people are drawn to their cute designs and inexpensive costs. HGTV and other channels have taken full advantage of this “fad” and made reality shows of these cute little homes. Yet in a world where bigger is always thought to be better, are tiny homes actually a viable and livable home? Eric and I believe so, and we’re here to tell you our reasons why we are going tiny.
Reasons Why We Are Going Tiny
1. More Money in Our Pockets
By going tiny, we will have our entire home mortgage paid off in 7-9 years. This means that, at 24, I can buy a house with my husband that we LOVE, and it will be completely paid off before I am 35! That sounds like the dream to me. Likewise, instead of paying rent to someone, which is honestly money down the drain, we are actually paying towards owning something for ourselves. We won’t be stuck in the endless cycle of rent and landlords, and we will be able to say that we own our home by the end of it.
Honestly, freedom is the main reason we decided to go tiny. When you buy a house, you are usually locked into a 15 to 30 year mortgage. That means that you are stuck in that exact same place for that length of time, or have to go through the hassle of selling. We decided to get a tiny home on wheels so that, even while we are paying a mortgage, we can move it anywhere!
If we want to move to Colorado, we just tow our house there. If we want to move to Maine, same deal. Going tiny gives us the freedom to design our dream home to EXACTLY our specifications, and still be able to move it to whatever city suits us best during different stages of our lives. We will never have to leave our dream home behind, and we will never be stuck because we can’t afford to buy a new home.
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I am a compulsive over-packer, my closet will never be small, and I will always appreciate my nicknacks. I will never be a natural minimalist. However, going tiny gives us the opportunity to live with less by design. When you don’t have space for a lot of extra crap, you can’t collect it. In order to fit in our tiny home, we are downsizing a lot. With each bag I set aside to donate, I feel a bit more free in my home.
This causes less desire to accumulate things which, in the end, puts more money in our pockets to enjoy experiences. Eric and I love to travel (which is why I run this blog in the first place), and now, we will have more opportunity to put our money towards our passions rather than just buying more things to “keep up with the Joneses.”
Tiny homes mean tiny spaces. Tiny spaces means less to clean. By going tiny, we have less house to take care of, which means we can take care of it well. We will have our perfect luxury home, and we will be able to actually keep it clean! I’m a big fan of fewer chores.
5. Only What Brings Us Joy
I’m about to get very Marie Kondo on you, but why pay extra money for things you don’t actually use? Eric and I currently live in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house, and we only use our bedroom and bathroom, the living room, and the kitchen. We have so much extra space that we just fill with junk. We are essentially paying extra money to store our junk. Because we are building a completely custom tiny home, every square foot of the house is being built to exactly what we need and love in life.
We want room to have friends over for game night, so we will have a big dinette. I love a good bath bomb, so we will have a tub. Eric doesn’t want to have to crawl to bed every night, so we will will have a full height bedroom. I want a kitchen to cook in and space for my clothes (less clothes, but still clothes). We made sure that each of these things fit into our design, and we gave up things that we don’t use in order to design a house centered around our lives. We love every inch of the design, and we don’t feel like we are missing out by going tiny.
In case you are wondering, we are working with tiny home builder: Movable Roots
Bonus: It’s good for the environment.
Comment below and tell me your thoughts on tiny homes!
Awesome plan… lived tiny for almost 25 years … got very inventive at finding places for things … saved so much time to do other things… we still have a relatively small house which I enjoy… have fun!!! It’s a great adventure 😁👍
So smart Shannon! We sort of did the same thing but lived in RVs for six years, out tiny homes on wheels. Having less stuff is so freeing!